Aalto University School of Business

Diploma in Corporate Financial Management

Available dates

Jun 1—5, 2020
5 days
Helsinki, Finland
EUR 5400 ≈USD 5951
EUR 1080 per day


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About the course

Acquire the Finance Skills to Jump to the Next Level

The Diploma in Corporate Financial Management introduces to participants all the key aspects of financial analysis and value based management. You will learn the fundamentals of finance: how to read financial statements, how to analyze them, the concepts of discounting and net present value and other techniques that companies use when evaluating investment opportunities.

You will learn how companies are valued in financial markets, what affects their value and how you can make decisions that increase company value. We will also discuss companies’ financing options and learn about tools to analyze mergers and acquisitions. After the program you will be better positioned to participate in a company’s financial decision making and contribute to its management in a value creating manner.


The end goal is to enable participants to connect the different economic, finance and accounting dots to create a single holistic view. Participants learn how to read and analyze companies’ financial statements and assess the shareholder value of investments and other corporate actions, i.e., learn the skills for value-based management.

Learn to speak the language of finance and to communicate better the financial aspects of business

Gain a more holistic view of company value creation and learn to measure the value impact of corporate decisions

Gain the ability to understand the financial consequences of corporate actions, bring new insights and participate in related discussions and decision making

Contents and Schedule

The Diploma in Corporate Financial Management will be held in an intensive study period from June 4–8, 2018.

Learning is based on pre-readings, lectures, in-class discussions, case work and a take-home assignment. Sharing knowledge and experience is greatly supported and encouraged.

Day 1: Introduction to Financial Analysis


June 4, 2018

During the first day, we analyze a company’s financial performance from the perspective of its liquidity, operational efficiency, profitability and ability to generate cash flow and create value. The topics covered will include:

  • Introduction to financial statements
  • Cash flow analysis
  • Evaluating company liquidity
  • Analyzing operational efficiency
  • Profitability and economic value added (EVA concept)

Day 2: Investments and Capital Budgeting


June 5, 2018

  • Net present value rule
  • Internal rate of return
  • Identifying proper cash flows when analyzing investments

Day 3: Introduction to Company Valuation


June 6, 2018

  • Valuing firms using multiples and discounted cash flow methods
  • Obtaining reasonable estimates of a company’s cash flows
  • Estimating continuing value
  • Cost of capital

Day 4: Company Value Drivers and Mergers & Acquisitions


June 7, 2018

  • Learn to understand the M&A process
  • Governance and value
  • Steps in successful M&A
  • Estimating synergies

Day 5: Financing and Value


June 8, 2018

During the last day of the program, we discuss how companies should finance themselves. When should they use debt (e.g. engage in an LBO) and when should they use equity financing. We will also discuss the role of risk management and executive compensation in a firm’s value creation.

  • Financing with debt vs equity
  • The logic in leverage buyouts
  • A company’s optimal financial strategy
  • Valuation and financing of startups

Who should attend

Non-financial executives, lawyers, business unit heads, bank relationship managers, board members, advisors and consultants.

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Matti Suominen

My current research areas include Financial Markets, Hedge Funds and Quantitative Trading Strategies. In addition to doing research, I am actively involved in management consulting to financial institutions and executive education. For instance, I have been involved in teaching executives, often ...


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